JAMES D. FEARON
Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
Department of Political Science
Stanford, CA 94305-6044
Member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's program on Institutions, Organizations, and Economic Growth.
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This webpage lists my publications and working papers, providing links to
the papers where feasible. For published papers, in most cases you will need electronic access to
JSTOR or the relevant journal.
You will also find replication data sets for analyses in some of the articles.
Last update: August 2, 2009.
- Sons of the Soil, Migrants, and Civil War (co-authored with David Laitin). World Development, forthcoming.
- Can Development Aid Contribute to Social Cohesion after Civil
War? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Post-Conflict Liberia (co-authored with Macartan Humphreys and Jeremy M. Weinstein). American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings 2009, 99:2, 287-291.
- Iraq's Civil War. Foreign Affairs 86, 2 (March/April 2007), 2-16.
- Ethnic Minority Rule and Civil War Onset (co-authored with Kimuli Kasara and David Laitin). American Political Science Review 101, 1 (February 2007), 187-193.
- Primary Commodity Exports and Civil War. Journal of Conflict Resolution 49, 4 (August 2005), 483-507.
- Separatist Wars, Partition, and World Order. Security Studies 13, 4 (Summer 2004), 394-415.
- Neotrusteeship and the Problem of Weak States (co-authored with David Laitin). International Security 28, 4 (Spring 2004), 5-43.
- Why Do Some Civil Wars Last So Much Longer Than
Others? Journal of Peace Research 41, 3 (May 2004), 275-302.
- Ethnic and Cultural
Diversity by Country. Journal of Economic Growth 8, 2 (June 2003), 195-222.
Insurgency, and Civil War (co-authored with David Laitin). American Political
Science Review 97, 1 (February 2003), 75-90.
Effects and Deterrence. International Interactions 28, 1 (January-March 2002),
and the Social Construction of Ethnic Identity (co-authored with David Laitin.)
International Organization 54, 4 (Autumn 2000), 845-877.
Enforcement, and International Cooperation. International Organization 52, 2
(Spring 1998), 269-306.
- Signaling Foreign Policy Interests: Tying Hands versus Sinking Costs.
Journal of Conflict Resolution 41, 1 (February 1997), 68-90.
- Explaining Interethnic Cooperation. (Co-authored with David Laitin.)
American Political Science Review 90, 4 (December 1996), 715-35.
- Rationalist Explanations for War. International Organization 49
(Summer 1995), 379-414.
- Domestic Political Audiences and the Escalation of International
Disputes. American Political Science Review 88 (September 1994), 577-92.
- Signaling versus the Balance of Power and Interests: An Empirical Test
of a Crisis Bargaining Model. Journal of Conflict Resolution 38 (June 1994,
Special Issue), 236-69.
- Counterfactuals and Hypothesis Testing in Political Science.
World Politics 43 (January 1991), 169-95.
- International Financial Institutions and Economic Policy Reform in
Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Modern African Studies 26 (March 1988),
Papers in edited volumes
Working Papers, Comments, Commissioned Reports, Testimony
- An International Organization for Democracies? Accreditation versus a League. In Alan Alexandroff, ed., Rising States, Rising Institutions, forthcoming 2010.
- Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (co-authored with David Laitin). In Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Henry E. Brady, and David Collier, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- Economic Development, Insurgency, and Civil War. In Elhanan Helpman, ed., Institutions and Economic Performance. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008.
- The Rise of Emergency Relief Aid. In Michael Barnett and Thomas G. Weiss, eds., Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008.
- Ethnic Mobilization and Ethnic Violence.
In Barry R. Weingast and Donald Wittman, eds., Oxford Handbook of Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Comments on A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility. In Ernesto Zedillo,
ed., Reforming the United Nations for Peace and Security, Proceedings of a Workshop to Analyze the Report
of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change. New Haven, CT: Yale Center for the Study of
- Two Questions about Ethnicity and Nationalism: Explaining Motivations versus
Explaining Variation. A comment on Leonard Binder's essay in Edward Mansfield and
Richard Sisson, eds., The Evolution of Political Knowledge: Democracy, Autonomy,
and Conflict in Comparative and International Politics. Columbus, OH: Ohio State
University Press, 2004.
- Rationalism and Constructivism in International Relations Theory (co-authored
with Alex Wendt). In Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth Simmons, eds.,
Handbook of International Relations Theory. London: Sage Publications, 2002.
- Electoral Accountability and the Control of Politicians: Selecting Good Types
versus Sanctioning Poor Performance. In Bernard Manin, Adam Przeworski, and Susan
Stokes, eds., Democracy, Accountability, and Representation. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1999.
- Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy, and Theories of International
Relations. Annual Review of Political Science, vol. 1. Palo Alto, CA: Annual
- Commitment Problems and the Spread of Ethnic Conflict. In David Lake and Donald
Rothchild, eds., The International Spread of Ethnic Conflict: Fear, Diffusion,
and Escalation. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.
- Deliberation as Discussion. In Jon Elster, ed., Deliberative Democracy.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
- Counterfactuals and Causation in Social Science: Exploring an Analogy between
Cellular Automata and Historical Processes. In Philip Tetlock and Aaron Belkin, eds.,
Counterfactual Thought Experiments in World Politics. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1996.
- A Simple Political Economy of Relations between Democracies and Autocracies. Presented at the 2008 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA.
- Civil War Termination (co-authored with David Laitin). Presented at the 2007 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
- Fighting rather than Bargaining. Presented at the 2007 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
- Testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations, September 15, 2006.
(On U.S. strategy in Iraq and implications of withdrawal.)
- Self-Enforcing Democracy. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, August 31-September 3.
- Reforming International Institutions to Promote International Peace and Security. Prepared for the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. 6 January 2005.
- Catastrophic Terrorism and Civil Liberties in the Short and Long Run.
Presented at a symposium on “Constitutions, Democracy, and the Rule of Law” held during Columbia University 's 250th anniversary celebrations, October 17, 2003 .
- Ordinary Language and External Validity: Specifying
Concepts in the Study of Ethnicity (co-authored with David Laitin). Paper presented
at the 2000 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Washington,
D.C., August 31-September 4.
- Why Use Elections to Allocate Power? Mimeo, Stanford
University, May 2000.
- Weak States, Rough Terrain, and Large-scale Ethnic
Violence. Paper presented at the 1999 Annual Meetings of the American Political
Science Association, Atlanta, GA, September 1999.
- What is Identity (as We Now Use the Word)? Mimeo,
Stanford University, November 1999.
- Why Ethnic Politics and "Pork" Tend to Go Together.
Presented at an SSRC-MacArthur sponsored conference on "Ethnic Politics and
Democratic Stability," University of Chicago, May 21-23, 1999.
- The Politicization of Cultural and Economic Differences: A Return to
the Theory of Regional Autonomy Movements. Co-authored with Pieter Van Houten.
Presented at the 1998 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association,
Sept. 2-5, Boston, MA.
- Chunky Shoes: A Model of Style Choice and Fashion
Trends with Implications for Understanding "Image" Advertising. Mimeo, June 1998.
- Bargaining over Objects that Influence Future
Bargaining Power. Chicago Center on Democracy Working Paper, University of Chicago,
- The Offense-Defense Balance and War since 1648.
Presented at the Annual Meetings of International Studies Association, Chicago,
February 21-25, 1995.
- Ethnic War as a Commitment Problem. Presented the
1993 APSA Annual Meetings, New York.